Wintertime storm drops 15 cm associated with blowing snow on Ottawa

More than 15 centimetres of snow plus strong winds caused slow driving condition across Ottawa, Gatineau and parts of eastern Ontario on Sunday.

CBC Ottawa climatologist Ian Black tweeted 13 cm got fallen by 7 a. m. ET at the Ottawa airport plus between two and four more centimetres of snow were likely to fall by noon Sunday.

There were a handful of cancellations at the MacDonald-Cartier International Airport due to a major thunderstorm in the Maritimes. The snowfall in Ottawa has also caused delays plus passengers should check their airline’s website before heading to the airport terminal.

Operation Red Nasal area also had to cancel its service on Saturday night due to the snowfall.

Environment Canada’s winter season storm warning ended just before eleven a. m. Sunday but winds caused blowing snow. The frostbite scare was not as serious as the blowing wind chill reached just –18 degrees C in the morning Sunday.

Because of the snowfall, the City of Ottawa introduced an overnight parking restriction would be in effect. That means drivers can’t recreation area on streets between 1 the. m. and 7 a. m. unless they have an on-street car parking permit.

NEED TO KNOW | Frostbite: How to avoid, detect and treat

Also in Quebec, Sunday was the first day all drivers are required to have winter tires on their vehicles or else they face a fine.

Frostbite means uncovered skin can freeze in less than 10 minutes. Health officials list these tips to prevent frostbite:

Get to the warm area before frostbite sets in. If it is too cold outside, consider remaining indoors.

Keep additional mittens and gloves in the vehicle, house or backpack.

Wear larger mittens over your gloves.

Wear the scarf to protect the chin, lips and cheeks. They are all extremely prone to frostbite.

Wear 2 pairs of socks — wool if possible.

Keep feet warm plus dry.

Do not drink alcohol, which narrows blood vessels and promotes frostbite plus hypothermia.

If you are wondering if you might have frostbite, you will find four signs. Health officials contact them the four “P’s: inch

Pink: reddish in colour (first sign).

Pain: becomes painful.

Patches: white, waxy-feeling patches display when skin is dying.

Pricklies: areas feel numb.

If you do notice you might have frostbite, Ottawa Public Health advises you do the following:

Do not rub or massage affected areas. It may cause more damage.

Warm up the area slowly. Make use of a warm compress or your own body temperature to re-warm the area but don’t use a compress that is too awesome. Underarms are a good place.

If toes or feet are frostbitten, try not to walk in it.

Seek immediate medical assistance if you see white- or grey-coloured patches or if the area will be numb.

Paramedics advise residents to seek immediate medical attention if you see a severe frostbite.


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More than 15 centimetres of snowfall plus strong winds caused gradual driving condition across Ottawa, Gatineau and areas of eastern Ontario on Sunday.

CBC Ottawa climatologist Ian Black tweeted thirteen cm had fallen by 7 a. m. ET at the Ottawa airport and between two plus four more centimetres of snowfall were expected to fall by midday Sunday.

There were a handful of cancellations at the MacDonald-Cartier International Airport due to a major storm in the Maritimes. The particular snowfall in Ottawa has also caused delays and passengers should check their airline’s website before heading to the airport.

Operation Red Nose also had to terminate its service on Saturday night due to the snowfall.

Atmosphere Canada’s winter storm warning finished just before 11 a. m. Sunday but winds caused blowing snow. The particular frostbite scare was not as serious as the wind chill reached just –18 degrees Celsius in the morning Sunday.

Due to the snowfall, the City associated with Ottawa announced an overnight car parking restriction would be in effect. That means drivers can’t park on streets between 1 a. m. and 7 a. m. unless they have a good on-street parking permit.

NEED TO KNOW | Frostbite: How to avoid, detect plus treat

Also in Quebec, Sunday was the first day time all drivers are required to have winter season tires on their vehicles or else they face a fine.

Frostbite means exposed skin can freeze out in less than 10 minutes. Health officials list these tips to avoid frostbite:

Get to a warm area prior to frostbite sets in. If it is too cold outdoors, consider staying indoors.

Keep extra mittens and mitts in the car, house or backpack.

Wear larger mittens over your gloves.

Wear a scarf to protect the chin, lips and cheeks. They are all extremely susceptible to frostbite.

Wear two pairs of socks — wool if possible.

Keep feet warm and dry.

Do not drink alcohol, which narrows blood vessels plus promotes frostbite plus hypothermia.

If you are wondering if you might have frostbite, there are four signs. Wellness officials call them the 4 “P’s: ”

Pink: reddish in colour (first sign).

Pain: becomes painful.

Patches: white, waxy-feeling patches show when skin will be dying.

Pricklies: areas feel numb.

If you do notice you have frostbite, Ottawa Community Health advises you do the following:

Do not rub or massage therapy affected areas. It may cause more damage.

Warm up the area slowly. Use a warm compress or even your own body heat to re-warm the area but don’t use a compress which is too hot. Underarms are a great place.

If toes or feet are frostbitten, try not to walk on them.

Seek immediate medical attention if you see white- or grey-coloured patches or if the area is numb.

Paramedics advise residents to seek immediate medical attention if you notice a severe frostbite.

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